Sunday photoblogging: Istanbul – Medusa Head in the Basilica Cistern

by Chris Bertram on November 29, 2015

Istanbul - Medusa Head in the Basilica Cistern



Jim Buck 11.29.15 at 8:22 pm

Lost for words, simply awesome.


Alan White 11.29.15 at 11:54 pm

Yes, a great picture. The chain suggests that the head is massive in size–is this a trick of perspective? And I could Google it I guess, but there has to be a really interesting backstory here.


Dave 11.30.15 at 6:25 pm

Ach, so good.


Sasha Clarkson 11.30.15 at 8:27 pm

Like! :)


bad Jim 12.02.15 at 8:49 am

This is what I look like, everyday in the morning when I get up and crawl out of bed.


Plucky Underdog 12.02.15 at 10:00 am

#2 — no, the head is huge (or heads — there’s more than one IIRC). Not sure if it had a totemic intent or just a handy chunk of redundant masonry repurposed to an immediate need (it’s a pedestal for a column — imagine spending eternity with that weight pressing down on your skull!).
It’s an awesome space, in its architecture (surprisingly airy & open given that it was designed for minimal entry once in service), scale (you can wander off into quite remote corners), its standard of curation, and just what it tells you about the builders’ attitude to their work and the wellbeing of numberless future generations.


Plucky Underdog 12.02.15 at 10:10 am

Also — nice composition, everyone else (including me) tries to get it face-on and it doesn’t quite work.

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